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August 20, 2019
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Organizing Partners: World Environment Center, PYXERA Global, and ELI


This webinar illustrated the value of developing future leaders through Non-Profit Board and Community Service.

Topics discussed included:

  • Developing Future Leaders through Service on Non-Profit Boards 
  • Non-Profit Board Service:  Lessons Learned and Personal Experiences – Dow &  Target
  • Developing Future Leaders though Community Service
  • Community Service:  Lessons Learned and Personal Experiences – 3M

Speakers:
Better World Leadership - Alice Korngold, Chair, President & CEO, Korngold Consulting
Dow - Mary Draves, Vice-President & Chief Sustainability Officer
3M -  Matthew Luke, Leadership Coach, Catalyst Community Projects, People Leader Development & Instructional Design Manager
FedEx: Heather Fox, Manager of Learning and Development, Human Resources, FedEx Services
PYXERA Global - Gavin Cepelak, Vice-President
Target - Tracey Burton, J.D., Senior Director Corporate Social Responsibility
World Environment Center - Glenn Prickett, President & CEO

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August 23, 2019
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ELI Member Breaking News Event

On August 12, the Department of the Interior (DOI) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) finalized key regulatory changes to how the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is implemented. While other major changes have been made in recent years to the ESA regulations, as seen in the July 2018 Breaking News: Proposed USFWS Endangered Species Act Regulations these new changes are the most significant in over two decades.

How will these regulatory changes be implemented? Who will these changes affect? What are the broader implications for this key environmental statute? What will be the impacts on state and local agencies? Panelists will engage in these and other questions and discuss the effects of these changes on the species listing process, the designation of critical habitat, protections for threatened species, the Section 7 consultation process, and more. Our panelists explored their initial reactions to the final regulations and the implications for species conservation.

Panelists:
Ya-Wei (Jake) Li, Director for Biodiversity, Environmental Policy Innovation Center, Moderator
Ramona McGee, Staff Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC)
Peg Romanik, Associate Solicitor, Division of Parks and Wildlife, Office of the Solicitor, Department of the Interior (DOI)
Anna Seidman, Director of Litigation, Safari Club International
Greg Sheehan, Vice President of Asset Management, Blue Diamond Capital and former Principal Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Jonathan Wood, Adjunct Fellow, Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) and Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation

Materials:
ELI members will have access to materials and a recording of this session (usually posted w/in 48 hours). If you are not an ELI member but would like to have access to archived sessions like this one, go HERE to see the many benefits of membership and how to join.

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August 26, 2019
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An ELI 50th Anniversary Seminar

The science of climate change, energy sources, sustainable forests, and brain structure and function are advancing rapidly. When these topics end up in court, judges must make judgments about the admissibility of evidence and assess and rule on the reliability and validity of the evidence. Consequently, judges need familiarity with the scientific facts and concepts to be able to make these judgements.

As a result, scientific topics have joined the agenda of judicial training institutions and judges themselves, in order to provide judges the information and understanding necessary to play this role. Corresponding with the fast moving science, these topics are also often controversial.  So programs for judges on such scientific topics must be impartial, fact-based, and pertinent for judges’ role and judicial norms.

How can the judicial training programs meet the ever-growing demand to ensure that judges have the tools they need to properly manage scientific issues in their courtrooms? What are the best methods for conveying scientific information and concepts to judges? How much can training programs address the ways that science comes into cases in addition to a focus on the science itself? How has the judicial training process advanced internationally and domestically? This panel will aim to tackle these questions and the multifaceted aspects of incorporating scientific topics and concepts into judicial training. Panelists dove into the evolution of judicial training, innovative programs that advance the level of science expertise including ELI’s Climate Judiciary Project and global Judicial Education Program, and best practices to communicate environmental science to judges. Our panel explored the role science and research training play within judicial training process to ensure justice in the context of environmental issues.

Keynote Speaker:
Scott Fulton
, President, Environmental Law Institute

Panelists:
Sandra Nichols Thiam
, Associate Vice President, Research & Policy, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin, Minister, National High Court of Brazil; Chair, IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law; President, Brazilian Environmental Forum of Judges; Environmental Committee of the Summit of Chief Justices of Ibero-America; Secretary-General, UN Environment’s International Advisory Council for Environmental Justice
Paul Hanle, Ph.D., Project Leader, Climate Judiciary Project, Environmental Law Institute
Deborah Runkle, Senior Program Associate, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Materials:
ELI members will have access to materials/a recording of this session (usually posted w/in 48 hours). If you are not an ELI member but would like to have access to archived sessions like this one, go HERE to see the many benefits of membership and how to join.

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August 27, 2019
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ELI is hosting a series of webinars on the policy, practice, and science of stream compensatory mitigation. Webinar topics are based on the findings and recommendations of the 2017 report Stream Mitigation: Science, Policy, and Practice and selected in coordination with an Advisory Committee of stream mitigation experts. The series will cover a range of issues from assessing stream functions and conditions to restoration approaches and long-term success of compensation projects. This ten-part series is funded by an EPA Wetland Program Development Grant.


Stream Compensatory Mitigation Webinar Series: What's Next

Over the past year, ELI hosted a series of webinars on the policy, practice, and science of stream compensatory mitigation. The series covered a range of issues from assessing stream functions and conditions to the watershed approach to credit-debit determination and the long-term performance of compensation projects. In this final webinar, we will review some of the highlights from the series and  have a forward-looking discussion on challenges, needs, and opportunities for improving practice. The panel includes experts on stream compensatory mitigation from the government, philanthropic, and non-profit sectors.

Panelists include:

  • Tracie Nadeau: Environmental Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10
  • Tara Moberg: Senior Freshwater Advisor, Energy & Infrastructure at The Nature Conservancy
  • Amy Singler: Director, River Restoration; American Rivers & The Nature Conservancy
  • Peter Skidmore: Program Officer, Environment Program, Walton Family Foundation

Materials:

Tracie Nadeau Presentation

Tara Moberg Presentation 

Amy Singler

Peter Skidmore

Additional Information/Resources:
Visit ELI's resource page, The State of Stream Compensatory Mitigation: Science, Policy, and Practice

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